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Ekiti Releases Names Of Lawmakers In DSS Custody

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The Ekiti state executive council, has released the names of members of House of Assembly, arrested by men of the Department of State Services, (DSS) last Friday.

The four lawmakers, Hon Sina Animasaun, Ekiti West II, Hon Musa Arogundade (Ado II), Afolabi Akanni(Efon) and Hon Badejo Anifowose (Moba I) according to the council were arrested within the assembly complex on the said day and whisked to Abuja.

It also accused the DSS of arresting the state Commissioner for Finance, Mr Toyin Ojo.

The position was conveyed in a statement signed by the deputy governor, Dr Kolapo Olusola and 19 other members of the SEC after its third meeting of the year held in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday.

The Ekiti State chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused Governor Ayo Fayose of planning a massive violent protest against the DSS and APC members in the state.

In a petition addressed to the commissioner of police, Etop James and state director, DSS, Andrew Iorkor and titled, the party said the governor was allegedly mobilising thugs to attack its members after a planned invasion of DSS office in Ado-Ekiti.

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It however warned the governor that his thugs would meet “a stiff resistance on the streets to defend APC members with all strength that our members can muster.”

Meanwhile the House of Representatives has summoned the director-general of the DSS, Mr. Lawal Daura over the invasion of Ekiti State House of Assembly (EKSHA) last week.

The summon is sequel to the adoption of a motion under matters of urgent public importance moved yesterday, by the minority leader, Hon. Leo Ogor on the unlawful invasion and subsequent arrest of four lawmakers of the EKSA by officers and men of the DSS.

Hon Ogor stated that the unwarranted invasion of Ekiti State House of Assembly is a clear breach of the provisions of the Legislative Powers and Privileges Act and violates the provisions of Section (3) of the National Securities Act as well as Section 14 (1) of the Legislative Houses Powers and Privileges Act.


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